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Why Hakeem al-Araibi’s plight is a test of the Olympic movement itself | Nikki Dryden

The IOC cannot watch from the sidelines as an Australian athlete risks a return to tortureIn the 50 days since Hakeem al-Araibi has been held in a Bangkok jail, global events for Olympic sports have continued. The Hockey World Cup and the World Swimmin…

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How Fifa’s clampdown on loan deals may affect Premier League clubs

Fifa wants to prevent clubs from stockpiling young players and using the loan system for ‘commercial exploitation’By Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsReserve team football in England may start to look very different when Fifa introduce their new…

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Hakeem Al-Araibi’s case is a true test of Fifa’s new human rights policy | Minky Worden

World football’s governing body has a responsibility to speak up in defence of the detained playerThe news refugee Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi was detained by the Thai authorities on a “red notice” by Interpol has rocked the sports world. A “r…

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Hakeem Al-Araibi’s case is a true test of Fifa’s new human rights policy | Minky Worden

World football’s governing body has a responsibility to speak up in defence of the detained playerThe news refugee Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi was detained by the Thai authorities on a “red notice” by Interpol has rocked the sports world. A “r…

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Former Fifa executive says he was offered large bribe for 2018 World Cup vote

Rafael Salguero’s claims revealed in unsealed documentsSays unnamed bid offered him ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’A former Fifa executive said he was offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for his vote for the 2018 World Cup, newly rele…

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Ballon d’Or 2018: Modric, Messi and Ronaldo in frame for award – live!

Live updates from the awards ceremony in ParisEngland to face Netherlands in Nations League semi-finalsSend Jacob an email | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 5.44pm GMT Hello. It’s awards night! Get your fake smiles ready as we hand out some gongs. Continue read…

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Pep Guardiola relaxed about Fifa’s proposed restrictions on loans

• Fifa will discuss a possible cap on overseas loans in February• Manchester City worried they may lose 19-year-old Brahim DíazPep Guardiola has said he is not unduly concerned about Fifa proposals to reduce the number of players clubs are allowed to s…

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Conmebol asks Fifa to stage the World Cup every two years

• South American federation make proposal to Fifa• ‘Players could play four World Cups with a two-year cycle’Conmebol is lobbying Fifa to stage the World Cup every two years rather than every four, president Alejandro Domínguez confirmed on Friday.Havi…

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‘Football makes miracles’: Infantino still hopes Qatar will share 2022 World Cup

Fifa president persists with 48-team plan for 2022Expanded tournament would involve neighbouring countriesThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, is pressing ahead with the proposal to expand the 2022 World Cup from 32 teams to 48, which would mean match…

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Fifa ethics judge arrested in Malaysia on suspicion of corruption

• Judge releases Sundra Rajoo, who has diplomatic immunity• Rajoo resigns from Asian International Arbitration CentreA Fifa ethics committee judge was arrested in Malaysia on suspicion of corruption and resigned on Wednesday as director of an arbitrati…

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Fifa’s youth transfers investigation: six key questions | Paul Wilson

What are Fifa’s rules on signing minors? Which clubs have fallen foul of them? And what are the consequences?No, Barcelona were handed a two window ban in 2014 for irregularities over the signing of players under the age of 18, when they had a number o…

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Fifa’s youth transfers investigation: six key questions | Paul Wilson

What are Fifa’s rules on signing minors? Which clubs have fallen foul of them? And what are the consequences?No, Barcelona were handed a two window ban in 2014 for irregularities over the signing of players under the age of 18, when they had a number o…

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Fifa investigating five Premier League clubs over youth transfers

• Chelsea confirm they are one of the teams under scrutiny • The quintet risk transfer bans if found guiltyFifa is investigating five Premier League clubs over possible violations of rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 with the …

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Football’s super-rich play the game by their own rules | David Goldblatt

The Football Leaks revelations show how little the views of fans and regulators matterWikiLeaks shone a light on the duplicity of US foreign policy. The Panama Papers laid bare the network of offshore banking, tax havens and legal loopholes that allows…

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Football’s super-rich play the game by their own rules | David Goldblatt

The Football Leaks revelations show how little the views of fans and regulators matterWikiLeaks shone a light on the duplicity of US foreign policy. The Panama Papers laid bare the network of offshore banking, tax havens and legal loopholes that allows…

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Infantino: Fifa would ban European Super League players from World Cup

• Either you are in or you are out, Fifa president says• Ban would include Euros and national leagues tooFootball’s biggest names would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League, the Fifa president, Gianni Infanti…

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Gianni Infantino urged Manchester City chairman to ‘be positive’ in FFP talks

• Email reportedly sent to Khaldoon al-Mubarak in negotiations• Infantino, now Fifa president, was then Uefa general secretaryGianni Infantino played a central role in negotiations that led to a settlement when Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain w…

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World Cup expansion to 48 teams could happen at Qatar 2022, says Fifa

• Gianni Infantino says expansion could be brought forward• Qatar looking into feasibility of sharing hosting dutiesThe Fifa president Gianni Infantino has said that he hopes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be expanded to 48 teams, saying such an expa…

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Fifa puts Club World Cup revamp on hold after European resistance

• Gianni Infantino wants annual expanded tournament in June• Task force to be appointed to examine potential implicationsThe plans of Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, to launch a lucrative new Club World Cup and Nations League have been delayed by i…

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Premier League, clásico news and Fifa latest: weekend football countdown – live!

All the buildup to the weekend’s action and morePremier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendPlease do email Nick on any topic here, or tweet @NickMiller79 9.44am BST Have you read Eni Aluko’s column this week yet? If not, you should probably …